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Hundreds of companies in SWFL are offering signing bonuses to attract workers

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Hundreds of companies in SWFL are offering signing bonuses to attract workers

BONITA SPRINGS – Companies are currently so urgently searching for employees that they are only paying you to be hired.

Hundreds of companies in southwest Florida are currently offering signing bonuses. Bonita Dental Care in Bonita Springs has four open positions right at its location on Bonita Beach Rd. And without enough applicants, they have started offering hundreds of bonuses.

We learned that they are only part of a growing trend.

With a growing practice and more and more patients coming back after the pandemic, finding staff has not been easy, said HR manager Renee Mathis.

“Not enough qualified candidates are applying,” says Mathis.

Mathis finally told her operations manager that they had to sweeten the deal.

“I thought we had to do something because we weren’t getting enough qualified candidates, so she said let’s throw in signature bonuses,” said Mathis.

For the first time, Bonita Dental Care is now offering up to $ 500 for the right candidate.

Over at Goodwill of Southwest Florida, communications director Debra Donatto said they were doing the same.

“We have a $ 250 sign-up bonus on all of our positions that we offer,” said Donatto.

Businesses are part of a growing trend across Southwest Florida.

Simply click here to visit our job search page, enter sign bonus and you will find 450+ vacancies in the Cape Coral area.

“There are many vacancies available, but the rate at which we are filling them is slower than you might imagine,” said Victor Claar, an economist at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Claar said Goodwill and Bonita Dental Care are struggling because potential employees have a lot more to consider after the pandemic.

“How you see it, spending time at home with your family, how you see commuting, how you work in person or work remotely. Much of that has changed, ”said Claar.

Claar said, in addition to signing bonuses, the numbers show wages nationwide are about two percent higher than they were at that time last year as businesses compete for labor.

Mathis said she hopes her company’s offer will soon attract good people to apply.

“We just need a few good people on our team,” said Mathis.

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